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Shark Attack Double Red AleShark Attack Double Red Ale

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of ncvbc
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pretty murky, a very deep amber with red hues. Not much head at all then a small off-white cap rises and falls to a ring, leaving some lacing down the glass.

Smell is pretty lovely. Mainly in the malt department with excellent juicy hops lying underneath. Sweet caramel overload and some brown sugar sprinkled on top. It smells of thick and chewy malt. Some fresh grapefruit and tropical fruits waft through, hinting at pineapple.

In the taste, these flavors aren't given the chance to shine individually. With the nose I was able to pick out nice pieces of the puzzle, the taste unfortunately did not put them together. Big sweetness and bitterness and booze fight one another, entering and exiting scene at random moments. Somewhat spicy and punchy from the hops but overly sweet, not really the greatest combination. I was surprised how this went downhill from what the smell provided.

Mouthfeel is basically full and somewhat chewy but the bitterness is offsetting and there is a little burn to it. Ehh, it didn't go as well as I'd hoped. I enjoyed the regular Shark Bite, this was a step down.

Thanks goes to seaoflament, one of the most stand up BA's I know of, for this brew.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich dark purplish red with thin off-white cream colored head, ok retention and spotty lacing. Smells of grapefruit, caramel, toasted malt, bread, peppermint, pine, and alcohol. Tastes of caramel, toasted malt, and bread up front followed by peppermint, peppery spice hops, grapefruit, and spruce with a strong medicinal alcohol finish. Medium full in body with good carbonation. Bready sweet with lots of citrus and pine notes and a big boozy finish. Good flavors, but a little too alcohol tasting for my liking.

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Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is supposedly a fresh bottling, within the past few weeks. Dark tawny/deep red/autumn colored beer. Nose is fairly nice, dominated by hops of the pine-like, resinous kind, with some malt notes of caramel. Flavor is also nicely hoppy, oily and bitter, well balanced with a malt character of caramel and honey covered fruits. Hop notes of resin, orange rind and dark grapefruit. It's not as hoppy as I was expecting, but it's a nice ale.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger head with good retention and a nice cloudy amber color.

SMell is of toasty and caramel malts with a nice citrusy hoppiness from what seems to be centennial hops.

Taste is of toasted and caramel malts with an assertive hop bitterness.

Smooth and silky mouthfeel and a nicely hopped red ale. The toasted malts and the hop assertiveness make for a highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hqave had a number of great big red ales lately. I really enjoy the hop bomb with a nice balance and this was a good one also. Pours a dark ruby color witha good white head. Not too much carbonation, rather it is very smooth. Some decent hop aroma, but also some malt and bready smells. Good full flavor with some bitterness up front, but then a sweeter caramel or candy type finish. Leaves a bit of bitterness on the tongue, but again, very smooth and maybe a bit oily. Pretty drinkable. Could see this being a decent session beer if it were not for the 9%.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour produces a two-finger thick, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a dark, plum colored, amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, red color and a light carbonation when held up to the light. The aroma smells sweetly of hops as I am pouring this and a deeper inspection of the nose confirms this with ample hop notes of lychee, sweetened grapefruit, tangelo and expressive orange zest. It is really hard for me to smell anything but the hops; this is a bit surprising given the rich red hue, but luckily the hops are very nice smelling.

Sweet tasting and quite smooth feeling with its soft carbonation, towards the middle the beer starts to pick up a biting hop-bitterness that slowly grips the tongue and becomes very pronounced in the long finish. This is nicely balanced between the sweetness up front and the sharp, biting, slightly astringent bitterness that comes to dominate in the finish. The light carbonation adds just a faint tickle to the texture, just enough to keep this from feeling flat. While clearly dominated by citrus and fruit hop notes there is a certain spiciness to this brew that couples with an over that top bergamot-oil / über-citrus zest note up front; it s something like a mix of allspice, mint and hemp oil. This last is definitely noticeable and herbal, but plays a secondary role to the sweeter hop fruit notes.

The fantastically interesting spicy / herbal note that is noticeable, at times explosively, I think is actually partially due to the rich maltiness that is not really all that noticeable on its own. The hop character is just too huge here, but there is obviously a big malt character to this beer that more than anything serves as a vehicle for all of the hop flavors. This really hides its alcohol pretty well too, it really isn't very boozy at all. Perhaps the alcohol is noticeable just a touch as it couples with the hop notes and provides a touch of pepper-like bite in the finish that melds with the bitterness. As the beer warms it becomes a bit more herbal, more hemp like even, but this only creates more of a balance between the competing hop notes of fruit and herb; the fruit still wins out, and decidedly so, but the other side of the hop coin is definitely an appreciated addition.

This is much nicer than I was expecting, for some reason I was expecting an unbalanced, scathing hop bomb. This is certainly an aggressively hop dominated beer, but there is enough malt to support the hops and keep them from getting overly aggressive or harsh. I really like the mix of hop flavors here; dominated by aromatic & expressive fruitiness, but with a slight backdrop of herbal & hemp oil flavors that is then tethered in the finish by an aggressive, clean, biting bitterness. Something about the slight carbonation & the mix of flavors already here tells me that this would be an absolutely phenomenal beer served via traditional cask & hand pump. There is something about this beer that just makes this really hit the spot right now; I am not sure if it is purely situational, palate driven or if this is just a phenomenal beer. No matter what it is I definitely am loving this beer right now.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red, and a bit hazy. Decent head that settles to a ring. Smells quite malty and creamy with some roastiness and a slight graininess. Tastes creamy to start followed by a bit of grain and a substantial slightly soapy bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and even perhaps a bit slick. Decent, and a nice lingering bitterness, but the slight soapiness is a bit bothersome.

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Photo of bosco7
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish red with weak little head. Kind of a let down.

Lots of caramel and toffee in the nose almost reminiscent of a barleywine. Some orange and floral notes.

Starts with sweet sugary flavors, toast and toffee. After the initial sweetness and malty flavors there is a juicy tangerine quality to the beer. Grapefruit rind. Finish is quite bitter and resinous. Pine.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and make this a little harder to consume than your average red. Overall this is a good beer, it keeps you wondering whether it is a big red ale, DIPA, or a Barleywine. I like this quality. If you can find it pick it up.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the clear red brew. Head is promptly down to a skimmy uneven layer of bubbles, with average to good lacing. Aroma is sweet maltiness, piney hops, and ample alcohol. Taste is hoppy bitter from beginning to end, with undertones of sweetness at the beginning, and alcohol warming towards the end. Mouthfeel is smooth, but drinkability is limited by overhopping. A victim of too much hops just to be bitter, and not leaving much room for flavor to be appreciated.

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Photo of pwoods
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mikesgroove for this brew.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a tulip. No dating.

A: Pours a deep ruby with decent visibility when held to the light. A short 1/2cm head forms but holds nicely at a fat skim. Some decent lacing to start.

S: Very big hop presence, very citrusy and oily with a touch of pine. I'm guessing Amarillo and Centennial? Hops just about dominate the aroma except for a touch of sweet from the malts, though not thick and chewy like in DIPAs.

T/M: More of the same from the hop department and packs a pretty good bitterness punch. The malts are much stronger and now they do have that thick, almost chewy mouthfeel with plenty of bready and doughy malts. The alcohol is pretty present, especially in the latter half of the swallow and it intensifies as it warms. Very dry finish with lingering bitterness. Body is just about full and plenty chewy with controlled carbonation.

D: 9% is pretty hefty and a highly exposed alcohol sting definitely lowers things further. Tasty but I don't think it could ever replace Nugget Nectar or Red's Rye. Thanks again for the trade, Mike :)

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Photo of Rainintheface
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber into my SA pint

A: dark amber, red with minimal head and negligible carbonation

S: aroma is pretty appealing. caramel malts followed by grapefruit, pine came out as it warmed. some spicinees and a little boozy

T: Taste follows the aroma without the grapefruit initially picked up

M: medium in body. carbonation is lacking. kind of sticky

D: not bad but i probably won't revisit. My first "disappointment" with Pizza Port/Lost Abbey

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Photo of Kegatron
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks to HopDerek for picking this up for us.

Pours a murky dark amber with a thin layer of creamy off-white head. Retains around the edges with some thin wisps across the center that leaves some spotty lacing. The aroma is a alcoholic smelling fume of deep malt sweetness, citrus, and floral hops.

The taste is beefy bready malts giving away to tingling resinous hops and a tinge of grassy hops and spice. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a warm, sticky, and bitter feel. Pretty much the definition of medicinal.

Hmmm, I hate to say it but this was a complete disappointment for me. A little too much of some character and not enough of others helped make this one big sticky mess to the point that I had trouble just finishing my half of the bottle. A rare miss for me from Port Brewing.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to my friend Eric for lugging this back from Cali while house hunting & sharing this with me!

Poured a caramel/red with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Super head retention & lacing

S: Biscuitty malt, piney hops & cakeyness

T: Cakey with much pine & some grapefruitty hops. Dryness dominates as this warms, pus a bit of boozeyness. Finished warming with caramel

MF: Chewy with light carbonation & good balance

Drank easy but the dryness & ABV would put me off after a few pints

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Photo of m1ked
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from Windmill Farms across the way from SDSU.

A- A translucent, thick brownish copper, with foamy off-white head that has minimal lacing.

S- Sweet malts and grains upfront that get stronger the more I inhale. A boozy caramel that finishes with a touch of bitterness.

T- Mild malty sweetness with that boozy warmth, almost have some vapors going up my nose. Grainy malts with a bitter finish.

M- Light viscous, coating the tounge. Warmth all the way down.

D- I have never had a double red, so I don't have a comparison. I do like this one, but the etoh heat is a bit much for me to drink more than this 22 oz.

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Photo of number1bum
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy BeerTruth for this one. He's an extra special little beer bitch.

Pours a hazy reddish brown color with only about one finger of tan head. Not much of a lace remains but it does leave a bit of stick.

Smell has some caramel and biscuit malt aromas, along with some passion fruit and a bit of citrus. A bit on the weak side.

Flavor is more robust than the smell, although the components are the same. Ample caramel malt sweetness with a bit of a toasted/biscuit flavor, as well. Lots of fruit flavor, some citrus and passion fruit, and then a burst of resiny hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy, with an oily hop slickness.

Tasty brew that is surprisingly strong and maybe even a bit too drinkable at 9%. Goes down too easy.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a bit disappointed with this one. I was expecting a red beer, not an IPA brewed with red malts. I also felt that sea water was used to brew this beer, it almost seemed salty. I wasn't too happy with this beer. Don't get me wrong isn't too bad an IPA, but when you read red ale you don't expect to be drinking their Hop 15 brew. I think I will have to give this beer a second chance with the knowledge that it will be an IPA instead. Enjoy it though, Port Brew makes some pretty tasty beers.

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Photo of goschool
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The pour is amber in color with an off-white head that starts out larger and sticks around longer than heads on most 9% beer would.

Smell: The nose has a nice blend of piney and earthy hops, bready malts, toffee, caramel, and a hint of dark fruit.

Taste: The flavor profile starts off with bready malts, caramel, and toffee, followed quickly by earthy, piney, floral, and citrusy hops. The mid-palate is malt-forward with hops playing a supporting role. A fruity flavor joins the malts and a minor surge of bitterness for the finish.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and rich with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a good beer, but being simply good makes it one of Port/Lost Abbey's weaker brews. It's also a beer that doesn't seem like it needs such a high ABV to taste the way it tastes.

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Photo of 2LBrew
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The characteristics of this beer is dark copper, some decent lacing on the sides of my S.N. pint glass and minimal head. I like it, although it is a little on the heaveir side. Returned from a trip and cracked it open before eating, and its 9.0% did have its effect. I would definitely like to drink this after a great meal or at either location with a pizza. It has a great taste going down, and a decent taste afterwards. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle bought at B.M. Would definitely buy again and get on tap at either PP in SD county.

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Photo of errantnight
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Third time's a charm. Third bottle purchased, first bottle drank...

Pours a rich, deep ruby/mahogany with just barely any head. Little lacing.

Nice fruity, rich, hoppy aroma.

Taste is... not terribly pleasant at first, but it builds as it gets closer to room temperature to an eminently enjoyable sipper. Initially a thin-finishing, malty rich punch of cloying caramel through the middle... but that gives way to a more complex, rounded, almost earthy/tobacco malt that blends considerably well with a citrusy, floral hop presence.

Mouth is definitely full, and while too much carbonation might make this too heavy, I think a little more might have helped.

I could be convinced to purchase a 4th, at least.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not sure what to think about this one. I suspect I may have picked up an old bottle. The carbonation was pretty much nonexistant. With that in mind, this is my review...

Poured a bomber into a DFH shaped pint glass.

Appearance - No head, and from the looks of it, no carbonation. It pours virtually completely flat. It has a deep transparent red color, but the depth of redness takes it to a translucent stage. I am trouble by how flat this beer looks - this is a bad start.

Smell - There is a slight sweetness from the malt profile, but is mostly slaps you in the face with grapefruity piney hops. There is a heavy booze note as well, and it seems like they tried to use hops to cover it up, but is very apparent in the burning sensation I feel in my nostrils when I take a whiff.

Taste - The taste is this beers savings graces. There is a slight sweetness, but it gets bitchslapped by tons of bitterness. IT is unbalanced in the hop/malt ratio - the malt depth is a little too shallow for me. Some more caramel sweetness would have cut through the hops a lot better, but that said, this is a hophead's dream.

Mouthfeel - Ugh. There is no carbonation. It has a medium body and it feels slightly sticky as it washes over the tongue.

Drinkability - This is a big dissappointment. I must have gotten a bad bottle. Doesn't seem like it met the quality standards that I expect from Port. I will have to get another bottle and re-review. Some form of carbonation would have saved this beer.

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Photo of joe1510
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz Bottle

I got this in another great trade with errantnight, thanks Derek! Shark Attack Double Red pours like an amber ale should, amber. There is a good amount of haziness in there though. A one finger tan soapy head formed on the pour that quickly fell to a skimming with a thick ring but left excellent lacing on its way down.

Not quite what I expected out of the gate. There seems to be a big boozy, syrupy sweetness that really isn't my thing. Alcohol fumes waft through the air with no regard. The saving grace is the pungent resin hoppiness. Can't get enough resin hoppiness.

The flavor is, disappointingly, what the nose suggested. Alcohol is big and brash right up front and the maltiness seems a little too sweet and syrupy. The resinous hops are there and seem to cover some of the faults up a bit but overall I'm pretty disappointed in the flavor of this beer.

The mouthfeel is actually a little thin, I know I know I was talking about syrupy this and that but that was the sweetness talking. Mouthfeel isn't bad but it's not very good either.

I'm going to finish off this bomber and be done with this brew. The bomber is actually too much but I hate wasting beer.

Not one I would pick up again from Port Brewing. I really like the things I've tried from them but this just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The amber ale hues unflinchingly to the description, a dark red-brown melange that easily passes for the bottle it was served in. A small head emerged on pour and it looks to pool atop the glass only, no lacing to be seen.

S: The nose is a big malt profile, so much so that is could be confused for barleywine (it is very Stone 10-esque). The big vegetal grainy malts are met with an herbal, almost medicinal, citrus hop profile. This is much bigger than I expected.

T: This is a full-bodied beer, so thick that you can damn near chew it. The malts are concentrated to the point of barleywine, with intense grains and vegetal flavors. Within the big malts are a heavy blast of hops. The hops are quite hot, full of black pepper bite and herbal, grassy citrus hops. The body is hot, heavy on the alcohol in addition the malts and hops.

M: The mouthfeel is biting and harsh, a meal in a glass. Lots of hops and lots of malts are bound to keep all the senses happy.

D: At 9%, this is a good nightcap. The flavors are big and tend to wear out the tastebuds quickly.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours darkish amber with a ruby hue.
A moderate pour brought up a half-inch of white foam, and quickly dissapated. Barely a trace of any lacework and retention, with a few errant dots on the glass and whisps on the surface.
Aromatics are malty up front, with some rounded, earthy hops following through. Some residuals finish the nose with hints of citrus.
The mouthfeel is medium, a bit chewy, and slightly tacky.
Sweet crystle malt leads off the pallet, with a firmish bitterness, and a blend of tropical fruit and grassy hop resin.
Finishes slightly warming, with lingering bitterness and fading fruit.

Pretty tame for a "double red" from Port, but tasty and plenty balanced. The nose especially could use a heavier hand with the hops.

Big ups to SacodeToro for hooking me up!

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Photo of jaxon53
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Port Brewing beer I couldn't wait to try. Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce bottle.

Appearance: This one pours out a deep brownish garnet color that is pretty clear when held up to the light. A somewhat easy pour results in a solid finger and a half of thick, bubbly, off-whit head. Head fades rather quickly, leaving some thin white trails of lace behind.

Smell: Not too strong of a nose on this one. Mellow hop and grass aromas. Has quite a thick malt character to it. Almost a sweet fruity aroma to it consisting of mixed berries, hints of cherry, and just a faint touch of citrus.

Taste: Not quite what I was expecting. Has a bit of a dark fruitiness, with some definitely bitter hops. Not alot of citrus flavors I was expecting to taste. Tons of thick sweet malt flavors to balance out the bitterness. A bit of cherry is noticeable but faint. Plenty of booze to warm the body as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Great thick, palate coating mouthfeel bordering on syrupy.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. Loses points for the strong bitter taste and noticeable alcohol. Not too bad overall.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red and amber color, very small gathering of tan foam quickly dissipates. Sweet juicy hops hit the nose right away. A blend of sweet tangerine, cotton candy, berries and pine and alcohol as well. Taste shows a bit of the berry and citrusy sweetness up front, a big chewy caramel maltiness is cut by a piney bitterness that slowly grows to a peppery zing. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, fairly low level of carbonation allows the larg malty body to feel heavy on the tongue, what carbonation there is lends to a somewhat creamy body. Hoppiness is both peppery and drying on the tongue and an alcohol warmth is noticeable in the finish. A good beer, very drinkable but very sweet as well as the low carbonation really allowed the big maltiness to feel heavy on the tongue. The hops helped balance and the 22ozs was gone without any trouble.

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Shark Attack Double Red Ale from Port Brewing
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